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New Orleans Saints: Practice Wraps, 3rd Best Franchise And Charles Brown

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Recently FOXsports.com assembled it’s list of the NFL’s organizations and where they rank when stacked against each other  in several measurables —  owner, quarterback, head coach, front office, coaching staff and intangibles (facilities, fan base) — and not surprisingly the Saints rank as the NFL’s second best franchise.

ESPN played a similar game with a twist, ranking the best franchises in all of sports (not just football). The New Orleans Saints came in as sports third best franchise overall behind only the Green Bay Packers (#1) and the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning (#2).

Again it’s a testament to how far the franchise has come since almost vacating New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In came Sean Payton and Drew Brees, who took the Saints to the top of the football world in only four seasons. Now the Saints are a respectable force and perennial play-off contender.

Other NFC South teams made the list, just no where near the Saints. The Falcons came in at number 20, followed by the Buccaneers at 59. Not surprisingly the Panthers, coming off a disastrous season and currently re-building their roster, were the bottom feeder of the South at number 97.